Have you ever noticed the little dot on the back of one bee in a hive?
That’s the queen.
Queen Bees are typically marked by birth year
The five internationally recognized colors are –
Year ending with a 1 or 6 = White
Year ending with a 2 or 7 = Yellow
Year ending with a 3 or 8 = Red
Year ending with a 4 or 9 = Green
Year ending with a 5 or 0 = Blue
Whichever method you choose, be sure to allow your queen time to dry before placing her back into the hive. Her attendants will quickly begin to clean her off as soon as she is introduced back into the hive. We don’t want them to eat away her shiny, new mark, Don’t be timid, just be cautious and you will do fine.
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